There is an added pressure that even if no one else does, at least he should feel that I played him right.”
Batla House also features actors like Mrunal Thakur, Ravi Kishan and Rajesh Sharma in pivotal parts. He is still operating from Delhi Special Cell. Talking about portraying the role, John said, “Playing a role based on Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, a real-life officer, is a big responsibility. Shubhra said the whole film acts like a disclaimer. The background score is used to inject drama into everything, right from the initial encounter in which a senior cop (Kishan) is killed, to later escapades in which the team is hot on the heels of a couple of brainwashed radicals-on-the-run. Eventually, everything comes down to a drab courtroom, adorned by a white-wigged, wiggly-browed Sharma.”
Comment(s) The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta gave the film one and a half star. The film received mixed reviews from the critics. She stated, “The trouble with Batla House is that the whole film acts like a disclaimer: a sequence has chief cop Sanjeev Kumar Yadav (Abraham) wake up from a nightmare in which he is surrounded by skull-caps, and we know exactly which side the movie is on.”
She added, “The other problem is that the film is flat. India biz,” tweeted trade analyst Taran Adarsh. As per trade analyst Girish Johar, the film will earn around Rs 13-15 crore on its opening day. “Independence Day is a big holiday and whatever films are released during this time gets a huge jump in the collections.” Hence, with word of mouth being the key factor for the Advani directorial, Johar is “expecting Rs 13-15 crore collection for Batla House on the day of its release and the total collection for Independence Day weekend might be around Rs 35-40 crore.”
In Batla House, John is seen in the role of police officer Sanjeev Kumar Yadav. Advertising
“#BatlaHouse fares well on Day 1, although the numbers are affected due to the clash… Gathered momentum post noon onwards… #IndependenceDay holiday gave its biz additional push… Will need to score from Fri-Sun… Thu ₹ 14.59 cr.